Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Marathon Training: Week 4

How are we at week four already? I'm not sure, but the weeks seem to be over before I know which one I'm in. After a crap week or two of sleep, last week was finally a good one again. Most nights, I got 7-8 hours of sleep, which was much needed. 

Monday - 6 miles @ 9:14 avg // I ran 3.5 miles with a friend and then added a few more on to hit 6. It's so nice to finally see daylight on these morning runs after being so used to being in the pitch dark for all of my 6:30 a.m. runs.

Tuesday - 6.5 miles, speed workout: 1.5 mile warm up, 2 mile tempo, 3 x 800m intervals, 1 mile cool down // It had been so rainy all day, but we lucked out with a cool, but dry evening. I was able to make it to the group workout, so got to run with others my speed for the tempo and a few of the 800's. We ran a bit fast for our assigned pace, but that was in part because my watch was telling me I was going slower than I actually was.

Wednesday - 5.3 mile stroller run + 30 min strength work (weights at home, body weight work after the run) // This is supposed to be an easy run day, but the day after speed work + pushing 50+ extra pounds makes it feel nothing close to easy.

Thursday - 4.3 miles @ 8:43 avg // At first, I couldn't remember this run. But once I pulled up a few pictures from the week, I remembered this was the morning H woke us up at 5:00 a.m. My run was then delayed until the manfriend was up and caffeinated enough to watch the little guy. I was cranky from being woken up early and having my run pushed back, but 5 minutes from my front door I was feeling exponentially better.

And of course views like this don't hurt either.

Friday - crosstrain, 25 min Jasyoga hamstring recovery, 15 min core & upper body // On Fridays, I naturally want to run a few miles, but I've been holding back and just trying to take it easy so I feel strong and not wasted during my long run.

Saturday - long run, 11.3 miles @ 9:45 avg // My tendency is to want to push harder on these runs, but we're supposed to keep these slower (for now) and our heart rate down, so I really focused on that this time. Pete and I got to run together because my mom was kind enough to come down to watch Henry for us. We ended up running about 2.5 miles of trail in the middle, but the rest was road.  The manfriend and I are not the same pace, but he did wait up for me a few times and we got to run probably ~5 miles of it together.

This guy. Run date. 

Tall trees.

We ran in the afternoon because I had worked that morning at the store, so my nutrition was sort of off (I had to scarf down a small lunch an hour before our run). And then after, I probably didn't fuel enough, so as we were waiting to be seated for dinner with friends I was getting HANGRY (hungry/angry). Nutrition is a hard balance because I often end up gaining a few pounds during marathon training because I'm always so damn hungry.


My fuel for this run was water with 1/2 a nuun tablet in it and half a package of Honey Stinger chews in the last few miles. The run took about 1hr 50min in total, so it's borderline for me to warrant mid run fuel, but by the end I could tell I should have had something earlier.

Sunday - REST + foam rolling & mobility class // I work on Sundays, so am on my feet, which is good, but I was also happy to be able to make it to the morning mobility class to try and work out some of the kinks from the long run. I wasn't feeling especially sore, but this class is included in our training program, so I want to try and make it to a few of them.  I need to remember to do some of these at home, especially as the mileage ramps up.

Anything noteworthy?
I felt really strong during the Tuesday workout, which was nice. My morning runs leave me feeling sort of slow, sore and tired, so it's good to feel powerful.

My stomach felt blah this week. I think it's my nutrition, so I want to really dial that back in. Eating unnecessary sweets here and there, eating some meat that didn't agree with me, and forgetting to drink much water some days were probably the culprits. Trying not to have body negative thoughts around how it looks too, so I've been journaling about that.

It might just be me, but those tenths of a mile are important. The extra .1 or .3 has to be recorded. I don't care if anyone else cares, but they matter to me. #runnerprobs

Also, I really started getting worried about getting some longer trail runs in, so I'm planning to do a 13 mile trail only run this weekend. We'll see how it goes!

How is your week going? Is anyone else getting hints of spring yet? We had a tiny bit of snow on Sunday, but now it's sunny and in the 40s. It gets me so excited for sunny, warm(ish) days.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Marathon Training: Week 3

Hey there! Last week was my third official week of marathon training and a cut back or recovery week for us meaning miles were a little lower overall, including the long run. However, due to the whole sleep issue, it didn't feel like much of a recovery week because most days I was running on ~5 hours of sleep. We've had two nights in a row with no wake ups, so I'm crossing my fingers that Henry is over the hump and we won't have any more of those middle of the night parties. 


Monday - Rest day // All day I kept thinking "Thank goodness I have a rest day on the schedule because my body doesn't want to do anything but that." I didn't get much sleep thanks to the little man. 

Tuesday - 6 mi @ 8:48 avg // Valentine's morning I had a 7:15 a.m. oil change so I could leave Henry at home and be back before Pete needed to leave for work. So, I got there at 6:45, parked and headed out for a 15 min run or so before coming back to check my car in and head out for the rest of my run. 


Lucky for me, I got to run along the river and then Pre's Trail on such a gorgeous morning and got to catch this sunrise. It seriously made my day. Also, I got excited and ran too fast and noticed an elevated heart rate into the afternoon. Note to self: your body needs more sleep. 


Wednesday - 4 mi stroller run + 30 min strength & core work

Thursday - 6.5 mi total, speed workout: 1 mi warm up, 3 x 1.5 mi work (800m 10K pace/800m hm pace/800m 10K pace), 4 x 100m strides, .75 mi cool down. // I wasn't able to make it to the group workout on Tues, so I'm thankful I could make our community speed workout on Thurs that's near my house. It's so nice to run fast with others rather than early a.m. on your own! 

Friday - rest day, 20 min strength training

Saturday - rest day, Jasyoga hamstring recovery (25 min) // I had to switch Sat and Sunday because of sleep, Pete's work schedule and my sister-in-law's baby shower, so opted for some hamstring work, which I can never get enough of. Also, did you know that Jasyoga is only $4.99 per month and is basically yoga stretching for runners where you need it most? I like to work on hamstrings and hips the most because that's what is tightest on me. If you're interested, there's a code on the site for a free month to try it out (WIN2017).

Sunday - 7 mile hilly trail run // As mileage increases, I know it will be hard for me to pick between doing a trail run or road run (I'm training for a marathon and 20 mi trail race), so for now I think every few weeks I'll take my long run to the trails. 


Honestly, the long trail runs hurt more than the road runs (and take more time), but they're also probably what I need more work on. BUT, at the same time, marathons are a beast and on race day I am always thinking "Why did I sign up for this again?" And on trail races, the vibe is much more casual and I find myself distracted with how gorgeous the area is I'm running, but on marathons you feel every step at some point and just start counting down the miles until the finish. 

And because I'm doing this whole training program, I'm going to focus more on the road miles for long runs. 

What else?
This is the week where the hunger monster really kicked in. My body realized "Hey, you're training more than usual. Give me more food!"

I already eat a lot, but when I have to eat more, it starts to get frustrating because I feel like I'm never not eating. You can only eat so much at meal times, so I try to eat healthy balanced snacks in between when I'm hungry like apples & almonds, hard boiled eggs, homemade power muffins, big salads, hummus & crackers/carrots, toast w/ PB, yogurt, etc. But at some point in the day I often feel like I've eaten all the healthy snacks and still am not full. 

We all know this, but sleep is so important. The last few weeks I've frequently had piercing headaches due to exhaustion, so this week I really need to prioritize sleep. 

What are you looking forward to? What's been most challenging for you lately? Seen any good movies lately?  

I rented Sully (about the pilot who landed the plane on the Hudson) on Redbox and while it was good, it was also stressful. I had to read a book to wind down after watching it last night. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sleeping Through the Night, or Not!

I remember thinking as I got into bed one evening "Well, it only took us 18 months, but finally, we are sleeping through the night, knock on wood." Two months later, I'm sort of surprised to say that's no longer the case. My hope is that Henry's going through a developmental leap that is going to wrap up shortly, but I don't really know. 

In the last three weeks, we've seen everything from 5 or 6:00 a.m. wake up calls to wake ups at 1:30, 2:30, or 3:30 that last for hours. One of us usually goes in, changes his diaper if it's really wet and that might be the reason he's not sleeping, gives him his paci and tries to sing to him and settle him back down. But there is no settling really. He wants to be up, turn on the light, read books, etc.

A few nights, I'll admit that I wearily agreed, turned on his lamp, and barely comprehended any of the words on the pages. Sometimes we just flipped pages and I didn't say a word. After a few books, he usually started to seem sleepy and ask for milk. {These days, he nurses about twice a day, but sometimes 3 during these middle of the night shenanigans.}

Pretending to sleep

After putting him back in the crib and falling back into bed myself, he is quiet for maybe 5-10 minutes and then boom! wide awake. Kicking and talking in his crib. On the worst night, I was up from 2:30-6:00 a.m. before falling back asleep for another 90 minutes. Whew.

I don't know when it's going to end or what the solution is, but I'm hoping it's right around the corner because these headaches and this exhaustion are unpleasant.

Anyway, this is just a bit of what's going on here.

On the positive front, when he's awake, Henry is usually super happy. Running, working on his jumping, talking up a storm, obsessed with construction equipment, playing music, singing songs, etc.


We're doing our first round of swim lessons at the YMCA and while he isn't really into the technical aspects (blowing bubbles, reaching his arms, or kicking too much), he really likes jumping off the edge of the pool, doing the songs, going down the slide (when he gets the courage), and sitting in the warm/not-so-hot tub afterward with all the other little kiddos.


He's also starting to tolerate the stroller better on our weekly group stroller runs. For a while, it was frustrating and I get it, he's an active kid who doesn't want to be strapped down. But it's just nice not to have to stop several times on a 4 mile run.


Happy Friday, friends! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

We have a family day today, so are planning to go to the trampoline park and who knows what else. Tonight, I am meeting up with an old friend and then tomorrow is a baby shower for my sister-in-law!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Marathon Training: Week 2

Week two of marathon training was good, and fun! Of all the runs, Monday's 5 miler was a real slog because of my sore quads and hello, Monday.

I've realized that it's a good thing that I'm a) a morning person and b) self motivated, because if I didn't get out at 6:30 a.m. for a run, I likely wouldn't get one in most days unless I resorted to a stroller run, which is doable, but not nearly as therapeutic and requires a lot more hassle.

Also, sleep. Sleep is a good thing. The last few weeks, it was not something I got much of. Henry has been waking up regularly at 4 or 5 a.m. and often not going back to sleep, so... (yawn). Now let's get to the workouts.


Monday - 5 miles easy pace (9:53 avg) on tired legs (from Sunday's trail run)


Tuesday - 5 miles @ team workout, warm up, 2 mile time trial (14:15), cool down. I've never done a 2 mile anything, or a one mile all out for that matter either, so I wasn't totally sure how it would go. But, I've ran 5Ks, so I focused on sticking near my 5K PR pace and that felt hard, but manageable.

Wednesday - 4.25 mile stroller run + strength work

Thursday - 6 miles @ 8:57 avg

Friday - rest/cross train day, 1.5 mile walk, 15 min strength work and 15 min hamstring/hip flexor yoga @ home

Saturday - Long run, 10 miles @ 9:03 avg. I tried to slow down to keep my pace closer to the 9:30s, but there were miles where that was really difficult to do. Pete and I both wanted to get long runs in this day, so I started around 7:15 a.m. and had a clear, peaceful morning out there.



Love these arched branches along Pre's Trail

Hi, this is my awkward running selfie.

Sunday - REST, 2 mile walk

Thoughts so far:
I'll admit that already, I can see that one of the most challenging aspects for me about following a training plan is really taking the proper rest days and not just adding a few easy miles for kicks. Before, I would often throw a 3 miler into a rest day because I just felt like running, so it's taking some restraint to mostly REST on these rest days.

More isn't always better. I repeat, more isn't always better.

Long runs are coming. I mean, really long runs. Sundays 10 miler was just the tip of the iceberg and while it mostly felt good, I know as we get near those 15 mile runs it will really start to take its toll.

In non-running related news...
The manfriend and I are making our way through Friday Night Lights on Netflix from the very beginning. I watched it way back when, but he never did. It's so good. But also reminds me how awful/hard being a high schooler can be. What's your favorite show currently?

Okay, I'm off to bed! I hope your Valentine's Day was a good one, whether you celebrated or not. All day, I wanted to get a donut or something equally delicious, but didn't have the time. Maybe tomorrow.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Marathon Training: Week 1

Last week was my first official week of marathon training with our store training group, Team Run Hub. Our team has a total of 46 people on it training for the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon on Tuesdays and Saturdays for speed workouts and long runs.

Because of the manfriend's schedule and having a small kiddo, I'll only be able to make it to Tuesday evening speed workouts every other week and long runs maybe once a week. I'll still be doing the assigned runs and workouts, but from my front door and often solo. But still, I'm excited to have a prescribed training plan and teammates to run with when I can make it.

I'm not going to go on and on here, so let's get to the week's work.

Monday - 3.5 mi easy (i.e. relaxed, slower than maybe my ego would want to run)

Tuesday - 6.5 mi total, warm up, speed work: 10 x 2 min @ 10K pace, 1 min easy in between, cool down (It felt like a treat to get to run in the eve and with others around my pace. Thank you, manfriend for being on bedtime duty!)

Wednesday - 4.25 mi stroller run, weekly stroller run I help lead through the store

Thursday - 15 min yoga flow + 30 min strength & core work (@ home, during H's nap). 

Friday - 6.75 mi, 6.2 mi + 6 x 100m strides


Saturday - REST

Sunday - 8.5 mi Ridgeline Trail run w/ manfriend, hilly and muddy, but fun


Total: ~29 miles

What else?
I had a cold this week, so overall felt pretty meh and even took a few naps when Henry napped, but I managed to do all of my runs as I wasn't feeling horrendous.

Also, the little guy came down with a fever Friday night, forcing us to miss a baby shower and visiting friends in Portland. It had me in a pretty grumpy mood Saturday morning (you know, when the anticipation of a fun day gets squashed) before the manfriend left for work. So, I laced up and headed out for a 20 min walk in the rain with a podcast. It's amazing what some fresh air will do.

I'm looking forward to this week's speed work, a 2 mile time trial, which will tell Brett (our coach) what pace we should be running our various runs/workouts at.


I hope your week is off to a great start! I'm thinking that these weekly training recaps may get me back into blogging more frequently...

I've been doing a lot more reading (than I have in a long time) and writing (on paper) lately, which has been good. I want to find ways to spark more creativity and hopefully find some things that I find exciting to write about. Anyway, it's nothing earth shattering, but yes, in order to do that, I have to put down my phone and pick up a book or pen.